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Best of 2007 Special

Best of 2007 Special

With 2007 now a distant memory, the time has come to reflect on the year that has passed and more significantly, determine those ‘Best Of 2007’ lists. With that in mind, I recently went on a mission to track down various industry types and asked them to name their albums, films, DVDs and gigs/events of 2007, their general highlights of the year, and some of their predictions for 2008. And the winners are:

TARA THOMAS, ARIA

Album Of The Year: Sneaky Sound System – Self-titled
Film Of The Year: The Blood Diamond
DVD Of The Year: Gwen Stefani – Harajuku Lovers Live
Gig/Event Of The Year: Gwen Stefani (gig), Parklife (event)
2007 Highlights: Going on my first overseas trip.
2008 Predictions: Finally, the death to fluoro will happen!

KELLY EVANS, BANG PR

Album Of The Year: Silverchair – Young Modern
Film Of The Year: Bourne Ultimatum
DVD Of The Year: Heroes Series 1
Gig/Event Of The Year: Parklife 2007
2007 Highlights: Justin Timberlake concert
2008 Predictions: Plenty of entertainment releases, DVD’s, films and albums.

GLEN GOETZE, MODULAR PEOPLE

Album Of The Year: Bumblebeez – Prince Umberto & The Sister Of Ill
Film Of The Year: The Darjeeling Limited
DVD Of The Year: Sigur Ros – Heima
Gig/Event Of The Year: Cut Copy @ The Metro
2007 Highlights: Splendour In The Grass
2008 Predictions: The Presets, Van She, & Cut Copy records will be HUGE!

LAURA DONOVAN, MUSIC BIZ

Album Of The Year: Urthboy – The Signal
Film Of The Year: Control
Gig/Event Of The Year: Urthboy, Hermitude & The Tongue @ East Brunswick Club, followed by Rainbow Serpent Festival 2007
2007 Highlights: Urthboy, Hermitude & The Tongue @ East Brunswick Club, Rainbow Serpent Festival 2007
2008 Predictions: More success for The Basics and The Herd with follow up albums.

LIZ EVE, CREATIVE VIBES

Album Of The Year: Regal – Loop Dreams
Film Of The Year: Waitress / Sherry Baby (it’s a tie)!
DVD Of The Year: Moog (a documentary on Peter Moog)
Gig/Event Of The Year: Lovebox Festival (London) with Blondie, Sly & The Family Stone, Fujiya & Miyaji, & Whomadewho
2007 Highlights: Kevin 07 t-shirts, Gotye wins best Male artist @ ARIAs, Sonar Festival (Barcelona).
2008 Predictions: UK band Eskimo Disco will be the next big thing. The debut album ‘Robots & Laptop Dancers Make Good Friends’ will be out in February!

BRIGITTE LOVEDAY, BAGCORP

Album Of The Year: Timbaland – Shock Value
Film Of The Year: The Kingdom
DVD Of The Year: Blood Diamond
Gig/Event Of The Year: Justin Timberlake in concert
2007 Highlights: A trip to the Middle East
2008 Predictions: Men will stop wearing skinny leg jeans.

DORRY KARTABANI, THE HARBOUR AGENCY

Album Of The Year: Kate Miller Heidke – Little Eve
Film Of The Year: Have not seen any this year
DVD Of The Year: Have not watched any this year
Gig/Event Of The Year: The Killers at the Entertainment Centre
2008 prediction – Old Man River

ROCHELLE LIVINGSTONE, KEYSTONE HOSPITALITY

Album Of The Year: Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare
Film Of The Year: Not sure actually!
DVD Of The Year: Dog Day Afternoon
Gig/Event Of The Year: Private boat party on the harbour
2007 Highlights: Getting my fabulous job and making great friends in Sydney
2008 Predictions: Emergence of more sophisticated nightspots; particularly in the Kings Cross area.

NEHA POTALIA, ARIA AWARDS

Album Of The Year: M.I.A. – Kala, Feist – The Reminder, The National – Boxer, Arcade Fire – Neon Bible.
Film Of The Year: Knocked Up, Control.
DVD Of The Year: Love My Way – Seasons 1, 2 & 3.
Gig/Event Of The Year: Arcade Fire at Coachella next to Paris Hilton.
2007 Highlights: SXSW, Parklife, ARIA Awards (duh).
2008 Predictions: Cut Copy’s new album.

REBECCA GIBBS, SALLY BURLEIGH PR

Album Of The Year: Battles – Mirrored, Klaxons – Myths Of The Near Future
Film Of The Year: La Vie en Rose
DVD Of The Year: Entourage
Gig/Event Of The Year: Shapeshifter – any of their live performances
2007 Highlights: Festivals are the new black
2008 Predictions: Rise and rise of hip hop, baltimore and grime on the club scene, the death of fluoro.

TIM KELLY, UNIVERSAL MUSIC

Album Of The Year: Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
Gig/Event Of The Year: Splendour In The Grass
2007 Highlights: The Killers / Panics / Powderfinger / Election
2008 Predictions: Gin Wigmore / Andy Bull / Cut Copy / Duffy

MARGUERITE BARBARA, ICON FILM

Album Of The Year: Feist – The Reminder
Film Of The Year: Science of Sleep
DVD Of The Year: Alpha Dog
Gig/Event Of The Year: Emillie Simon, The Metro – So Frenchy, So Chick
2007 Highlights: Howard’s out!
2008 Predictions: Bush is out!

TAMARA CARROLL, BECKER ENTERTAINMENT

Album Of The Year: I can’t think of one… this is a sign I need to invest in more music in 2008.
Film Of The Year: Control
DVD Of The Year: Summer Heights High
Gig/Event Of The Year: Lily Allen at the Metro (August)
2007 Highlights: The end of the Howard Government, Naked guy on top of the stage at Newtown Festival
2008 Predictions: Blonde is back.

STUART OSBOURNE, JAVELIN

Album Of The Year: Silverchair – Young Modern
Gig/Event Of The Year: Crowded House, Rod Laver Arena

DANNY ROGERS, LUNATIC ENTERTAINMENT

Album Of The Year: Broken Social Scene – Spirit If
Film Of The Year: The Assassination Of Jesse James
DVD Of The Year: 84 Grand Final
Gig/Event Of The Year: Laneway Festival – Sydney of course!
2007 Highlights: The birth of my son Dominic, Gotye tour, Clare Bowditch album, and Pop Montreal
2008 Predictions: The Temper Trap to make a defining Australian record, Laneway Festival to go global, Gotye to headline Glastonbury and Fuji Rock.

ANNA YOUNG, SONY PICTURES

Album Of The Year: Blonde Redhead – 23
Film Of The Year: Half Nelson
DVD Of The Year: Entourage Season 3
Gig/Event Of The Year: Blonde Redhead, The Metro
2007 Highlights: The birth of my new niece
2008 Predictions: Lots of fun films to work on!

CASSIE CANNON, EMI

Album Of The Year: Too hard to choose one I’m afraid!
Film Of The Year: Death At A Funeral
DVD Of The Year: The Departed
Gig/Event Of The Year: The Cure
2007 Highlights: Re-living my youth at The Cure!
2008 Predictions: My daughter to sleep through the night & stop the ‘terrible two’ tantrums!

PAUL AZZOPARDI, JAM MUSIC

Album Of The Year: Pharoahe Monch – Desire
Film Of The Year: Transformers
DVD Of The Year: Bruce Lee Box Set – not new but very excited
Gig/Event Of The Year: Tie between Good Vibrations in Sydney & Foreshore in Canberra
2007 Highlights: Moving in with my girlfriend & working with Snoop Dogg + Foreshore festival
2008 Predictions: Too much partying.

LOU RIDSDALE, LANCE ROCK PUBLICITY

Album Of The Year: Dr Dog
Film Of The Year: Factory Girl
DVD Of The Year: Factory Girl
Gig/Event Of The Year: Witch Hats/The Drones @ The Corner Hotel.
2007 Highlights: Witch Hats, Dr Dog, Black Lips, Golden Plains Festival
2008 Predictions: Midnight Woolf

EDWINA BISHOP, BANG PR

Album Of The Year: Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
Film Of The Year: Knocked Up
DVD Of The Year: Will & Grace – Seasons 6, 7, 8
Gig/Event Of The Year: Blues & Roots, Byron Bay
2007 Highlights: World Cup
2008 Predictions: A great year!

© Danny Canak

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